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Congregation Etz Chaim to Celebrate Passover Seder

Matzah, the unleavened bread of Passover

Matzah, the unleavened bread of Passover

On Saturday, April 7th, members of Congregation Etz Chaim will gather with friends and neighbors to celebrate Passover in a communal seder (ritual meal) at the synagogue’s social hall, 1710 S. Highland Avenue, Lombard. The seder will begin at 6 p.m.

Passover is the ancient, annual eight-day spring festival commemorating the Jews’ Exodus from Egypt. The holiday derives its name from the “passing over” of the Israelite homes during the biblical tenth plague. This year the holiday begins at sundown on Friday, April 6th. Jews all over the world will gather around the seder table in their homes.

The Passover seder is a retelling and reliving of the Exodus through story and song, the tasting of ritual foods, and the exploration of historical and contemporary meanings of slavery, liberation, and freedom.

Rabbis Steven M. Bob and Andrea J. Cosnowsky will lead Congregation Etz Chaim’s seder, on the second night of Passover, with songs led by Cindy Michelassi. About 200 people are expected to attend the participatory service, with both adults and children having parts in the seder. All are welcome. Reservations are required.

Congregation Etz Chaim is a Reform Jewish community that has served the western suburbs of Chicago for 52 years. Founded in 1960, the Congregation has a growing membership of 550 families in over 50 communities throughout DuPage and surrounding counties.

For information on ticket prices or to make reservations for the seder, please call the synagogue office at 630-627-3912 or go to

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